Travel Around the World

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Travel Around the World
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Sat, 01-19-2013 - 11:14pm

So, my Girl Scout troop has decided to go ahead and plan a Thinking Day activity for our Service Unit.  We met at my house last week (to have internet access) and they researched their countries.  Russia, China, France, Dominica (the real name of a girl in my troop, but also a little island country), and ?  The one pair of girls was just unsure.  And we also talked about what they need to have- some basic info, something fun to do/eat/try/see/make based on that country.  Each pair of girls will also do a 2nd country to a lesser extent so our tour of the world will seem a little more robust!  And I will probably provide stuff for 2 countries myself.  The girls decided to not offer a patch to the attendees, but to order some for themselves to represent the country they are doing.  We will order from Patchwork Designs.  I think it will come together nicely.  We have 2 meetings and several weeks with no meeting due to holidays (and while my family travels the world in Epcot and the other Disney parks!!!)- the event will be Feb. 25th.  I plan to touch base with all the girls this coming Monday since we won't have our regular meeting.

In other news, my own daughter seems very reluctant to sell cookies, but I have had neighbors practically knocking down my door because they are thinking they have missed her (but she hasn't sold any yet!)  The only ones she actually sold herself are to my mom and brother on New Year's Day when we were getting together for the holidays to exchange gifts and even then, I handed her the form 3 times before she actually took it to them.  She hasn't even called her other grandma and she hasn't gone to a single neighbor- and it's not because she didn't have time or because the weather was horrible!  We have had some uncharicteristically beautiful days that are even t-shirt weather at the high temp point.  So, between what my husband has sold at work, what she sold on New Year's and what I've sold only by running into people who begged me to get out the form- she's up to 30 boxes.  I told her I am not going to push her to sell this year, but it is rude to not go to the neighbors that we know so well and not give them the opportunity.  And there are probably only 5-6 houses that are a must visit.  Also in other news- since we had the meeting at our house and her room was such a mess- I helped her for 2 days to clean it up and this week I made her work on clothes (putting away clean clothes typically resulted in picking the least full drawer and putting the entire stack in there if they even got to a drawer at all).  So, I made her pull out everything from every drawer and she had to sort, and make a pile of "too small" and sort the rest and put them away.  She also had a rude awakening when I found out she hadn't turned in 9 math homeworks.  I told her that the school probably wouldn't let her miss a week if she was failing (which she was) and she wouldn't be able to go to Florida with us.  Well, it only took about 3 days and she completed everything.  I even told her math teacher- a good friend of ours that she might have to stay with them while our family goes away and she said that was fine!  I love it when the threat is a good one and they have a good incentive to do what needs done... I just wish that my kids would want to do things because they love me or it's the right thing to do... like fold the basket of laundry that's sitting in the livingroom rather than look at it for 2 days then complain to me when you can't find something!  Ok- so this has gotten off topic of scouts- but nobody really reads this too much anymore!  It's a good place to rant where the fallout from this info leaking out wouldn't be so bad- like on facebook... too many of their friends have accounts and many arent' even of age yet!

-Jen

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Registered: 05-28-2000
Sun, 01-20-2013 - 4:59pm

I could write your post in many ways :)

J's motivation to sell popcorn is gone.  Reminding him that the sales help other scouts and certainly helps our family since we have so many fees for camping. 

We also have the issue with clothes.  J actually piles his clean clothes on the floor & D puts his on the end of the bed.  They make me crazy.  At least all of the dirty clothes go in the hampers.  That at least keeps the clean clothes from being thrown into the hamper. 

The Thinking Day plans sound good. 

ugh about the missing assignments.  I'm sure that just about sent you over the edge. 

 

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Thu, 01-24-2013 - 9:47am

Those are all the joys of parenting in today's world.  If we didn't have the luxury of so many clothes, we wouldn't have to put them away.  If we didn't have the luxury of insulated homes and running water, we wouldn't bother with washing and showering.  If we didn't have the luxury of school, we wouldn't have so many missing assignments.  If we didn't have the luxury of technology, I wouldn't have been walking out of my children's rooms last night carrying the confiscated laptop and tablet that 2 of my kids were hiding under their pillows when I went to make sure they were tucked in and warm at 11:30 pm.  The socks are still all piled on my daughter's floor.  Nobody folded a basket of clothes for me yesterday or worked on the dirty dishes or took out the trash- even though I had enough time to take them to basketball games, make dinner, send reminder e-mails about cookie orders being due today, reminding my kids about all their obligations, etc. Then they wonder why I don't often get all that stuff done during the day while they are away... well, that's my relaxing evening (during the day when they are gone) because I'm busy all night.

I hope your day is wonderful and relaxing!  I'm very much looking forward to this day because it's bright and sunny outside!  And I'll be curled up with an English Fest book- taking notes for a while- because I love my kids and I like to help out the teachers too!

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Thu, 01-24-2013 - 10:32am
You are so right :) Which books are they reading for the competition? J found out yesterday that he gets to attend the regional creative writing competition in March. It's a relief because he had to make a decision between the regional writing competition & the county math competition. I thought he would attend the math one, but he was much more interested in creative writing. I have a pile of awards that needs to be filled out and bagged & a bunch of other things to get down. ugh. I am lacking motivation. That's why the house has dust, the kitchen floor needs mopped again, dog nose prints need washed off the windows on the outside, & I need to work my way through the piles of scout stuff again because they are starting to look alive. I do not have a good system for paperwork except for the pack stuff once I am done with it. The Blue and Gold date is booked for March. The theme is Up, Up, and Away! We are going to have pizza and salad again. I'm not even sure if I am going to mess with having any type of fruit. I have to pull in a few parents to volunteer to pick up where we lost some parents. It shouldn't be too hard. I ditched the slides this year. We'll go back to a printed program. I like the slide show of pics and having a slide for each part of the evening, but it's more work for me and I end up sitting very far away from the performances. Enjoy your day. I might just grab a blanket and huddle under it for a bit :)
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